Five four three two One Stop

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2004 - 07:49 PM

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<FONT color=black>The o­ne Stop convenience store finally shuts its doors o­n Sunday 4th July and will re-open as Tesco Express on 2nd August.

<FONT color=black>During that period newspapers will be available at the Hawkinge Village Hall between 8.00am and 10.00am daily.

Work is due to be completed shortly  on the footpath between Canterbury Road and the Post Office in the Community Centre.

Shepway scheme to protect foreign students

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2004 - 06:28 PM


<FONT color=black>Police and schools in Folkestone have been working to make sure hundreds of young overseas students have a safe and successful stay in the area.

Large numbers of foreign students visit every summer to improve language skills and experience a different culture.

A number of "safe havens" have been set up in the town's retail outlets so that students can seek help if they need it.

Alert over tyre slashing

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2004 - 09:06 AM

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<FONT color=black size=4>ALERT OVER TYRE SLASHING<FONT color=black>

<FONT color=black>Tyre-slashing vandals are costing motorists in the South East thousands of pounds, according to the AA.

The motoring organisation said the vandals often target particular groups, such as 4x4 drivers or commuters taking up residential parking.

A spokesman said: "We advise motorists who have tyres deliberately slashed to report the incident to the police."

Howard blunder causes Tories to backtrack

Contributed by admin on Jun 24, 2004 - 05:05 PM

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The Tories have admitted Michael Howard had been wrong to claim o­ne of his Folkestone and Hythe constituents had waited 20 months for cancer treatment.

The Conservative leader made the blunder in the Commons when he launched an attack o­n Labour's health record.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust revealed that the longest wait for radiotherapy was 20 weeks not months.

The health secretary John Reid said Mr Howard should apologise to the NHS trust after they said the longest wait for any of their cancer patients was 14 weeks.

Are your children riding Gopeds on the streets?

Contributed by admin on Jun 24, 2004 - 04:53 PM


A word of warning.

1. GoPed is a trade name for a particular form of machine imported from USA and consists of a platform o­n which the rider stands, a rear wheel driven by a small (22cc) petrol engine and a front wheel which is steered by means of handlebars attached to a vertical column - in other words it is a motorised version of a typical child’s scooter.

2. There are several machines available which are similar in concept and which may be powered by forms of internal combustion engine or electric motors.

3. The same arguments apply regardless of the method of propulsion.

4. Since the first appearance of these machines in the UK some ten years ago, we have consistently held the view that, when used o­n the road, they are motorcycles.  It is likely that because of the small engine capacity and/or low speed capability, they would be classed as a moped.

5. Section 185 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 define a motorcycle as being a mechanically propelled vehicle having less that four wheels and weighing less than 410kg unladen.

6. Being powered by an internal combustion engine or an electric motor, we feel that there is not any argument that they are “mechanically propelledâ€? for the purposes of the Regulations given in 5 above.

7. The Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 requires that vehicle excise duty shall be charged o­n any mechanically propelled vehicle used or kept o­n the road and the Road Traffic Act 1988 lays down the basis for certain offences such as causing death by dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and so o­n.  It also lays down the basis for needing an appropriate driving licence and wearing of a helmet in the case of a motorcycle.

8. The Road Traffic Act 1988 also requires all motor vehicles used o­n the road to comply with the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989.  As far as we are aware, in the particular case of the GoPed, it does not comply with these Regulations, principally in the areas of braking and tyres.  Certainly o­ne model of the machine is o­nly fitted with o­ne brake instead of a brake o­n each wheel and has resilient (solid) tyres, not pneumatic.

9. Although the system is changing due to the introduction of European Whole Vehicle Type Approval for powered two and three wheeled vehicles, for the time being it is the responsibility of the applicant for registration to ensure that the machine complies with the relevant legislation.

10. Examples of GoPeds which we have seen have a disclaimer stating that the produce does not conform to UK Vehicle Safety Standards and is not intended for operation o­n public streets, roads and pathways.

11. Under the Highway Act 1835 and the Road Traffic Act 1988 it is an offence to drive or ride a carriage of any description (including a bicycle) or a motor vehicle o­n a footpath.

12. The above form our view of the various regulations, but we must make it clear that it is o­nly the Courts which may make a definitive interpretation of the law.

Ian Norman

Village Warden

Artwork launch gets MP's seal of approval

Contributed by admin on Jun 23, 2004 - 11:23 PM


<FONT color=black>An artwork exhibition produced by people with learning difficulties will be launched  o­n Saturday 3 July at the Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone Library with Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard and Kent County Council's Shepway Local Board Chairman Chris Capon.

<FONT color=black>The exhibition entitled Kentish Life has been put together by Canterbury Oast Trust - a charity which provides opportunities for people with learning difficulties. Artwork in the exhibition has been produced in art and craft workshops organised by the charity and features a range of media including textiles, collage, batik, paintings and sculpture. Mr Howard, who is the charity's patron, will make a short speech at the launch.

<FONT color=black>Kent County Council's Cabinet Member for Community Services Sarah Hohler said: "The Canterbury Oast Trust does lots of valuable charity work in Kent so I am delighted that this artwork will go o­n display at Folkestone Library. I would encourage everyone to come along to the library and visit the gallery to see this great exhibition."

<FONT color=black>Following the launch, the Kentish Life exhibition will be o­n display at the Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone Library for eight weeks.

Views sought on Hythe Sports Centre plan

Contributed by admin on Jun 23, 2004 - 11:17 PM


<FONT color=black>More than 2,000 people living around South Road Recreation Ground in Hythe are being given the chance to have their say about plans for a new sports centre on the site.

<FONT color=black>Shepway Council in partnership with Hythe Town Council has produced a questionnaire showing seven possible places on the recreation ground where the new centre could be located.

<FONT color=black>The questionnaire has also gone to schools and sports clubs across the district

<FONT color=black>Copies of the questionnaire are available from the Civic Centre in Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Hythe Town Council offices in Stade Street and Hythe Library. It will shortly be available o­n Shepway Council’s website: <FONT color=black>

<FONT color=black>Completed surveys must be returned to Shepway Council or Hythe Town Council by 5 July 2004.

<FONT color=black>Both Hythe Town Council and Shepway Council are committed to bringing modern, state-of-the-art sports facilities to Hythe and Folkestone. The partnership project has already secured nearly £10 million PFI credits from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

<FONT color=black>Hythe’s proposed new sports centre will provide a four-court sports hall, six-lane 25-metre pool with spectator seating, learner pool, 50-station gym, dance studio, creche, meeting room, bar, café and wet, dry and outdoor changing rooms.

Barge breaks free of moorings off Sandgate

Contributed by admin on Jun 23, 2004 - 11:12 PM


Coastguards  were called to secure a barge carrying stone which broke free of its moorings off the beach at Sandgate during today's storms

<FONT color=black>A Coastguard tug was sent out after the barge drifted into busy shipping lanes before heading back to shore and threatening to crash into the harbour wall at Dover.

<FONT color=black>The weather caused Cross Channel ferries to be suspended just after 1.00pm ( 23 June) and they did not resume until 7.00pm.
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Operation Stack which allows police to "park" lorries o­n the motorway while the port is closed, was put in force o­n the M20 between junctions 9 and 11.

Crime increases after football

Contributed by admin on Jun 23, 2004 - 10:30 PM


Police have released figures showing incidents of criminal damage in south east Kent rose "dramatically" following England's Euro 2004 matches.

<FONT color=black>The research showed there were 300% more incidents after the France game compared with an average Sunday night.

<FONT color=black>A police spokesman said: "There will be extra police officers o­n patrol for England's next match against Portugal."

Police inquiry into plumbling 'rip-offs'

Contributed by admin on Jun 20, 2004 - 03:51 PM

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<FONT color=black size=4>POLICE INQUIRY INTO PLUMBING 'RIP-OFFS'<FONT color=black>

<FONT color=black>Police are seeking help in tracing customers who may have been ripped off by a plumber being investigated for deceiving people throughout East Kent.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has taken amounts ranging from £90 to £2,000 from customers but then failed to carry out work, said police.

It is thought he has worked in Dover and Deal as well as Swale, Thanet,  and Canterbury.